|Dr. Michelle Driedger|
Dr. Driedger is an associate professor of Community Health Sciences and the Canada Research Chair in environment and health-risk communication. She obtained her PhD in geography from McMaster University and studies the dissemination of evidence
about risk issues in environment and health, from science to policy, using qualititative research methods.
Dr. Driedger's particular focus is on how risks are constructed, communicated and interpreted by scientific experts, policy-makers, the lay public and media. She brings to the discussion of science-policy debates an understanding of the interplay between power and authority surrounding the construction of risk issues. As technology is constantly changing and we become even more dependent on information and evidence, it is crucial that researchers seek to understand very complex relationships and interactions between expert and lay audiences. Knowledge translation and risk communication are key elements to these processes.
Dr. Driedger has recieved funding to examine factors that affect the public's trust in decision-maker action on risk to the health of First Nations, Inuit, and Metis peoples.